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'India can't sign pact on emission cuts'

Press Trust of India
Dec 27, 2011 at 02:42pm IST

New Delhi: India will not sign any legally binding global agreement for emissions reduction, as the country needs to eradicate poverty through economic growth, Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan said on Tuesday.

"There is no question of signing a legally binding agreement at this point of our development. We need to make sure that our development does not suffer," Natarajan said in Rajya Sabha.

She was responding to clarifications on her December 21 statement in the House after she returned from the United Nations Climate Change Conference at Durban early this month.

'India can't sign pact on emission cuts'

Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan said economic growth was needed to eradicate poverty.

Seeking clarification, Leader of the Opposition Arun Jaitley said if India was made legally bound to cut emissions, the country's economic growth would suffer.

Natarajan said, "Our emissions are bound to grow as we have to ensure our social and economic development and fulfill the imperative of poverty eradication."

On the Green Climate Fund, she said a decision was taken at the Conference to set up a USD 100 billion corpus which

would start operations soon with an interim secretariat and a

Board.

"The fund will help a large number of vulnerable countries

in taking effective mitigation and adaptation actions. India

played a facilitating role in Durban in ensuring that the Fund

is established," she said.

Sitaram Yechury (CPI-M) questioned the significance of the

Kyoto Protocol on the ground that the signatories account for

only 15 per cent of the total global emissions.

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